Some of Danish cinemas best works appear in the programme Danish Cinema Retrospective at the 18th Damascus International Film Festival (7-13 November), an event organized in cooperation with the DFI and the Danish Embassy in Damascus.
Submarino playing in the Official Competition
Thomas Vinterberg's critically acclaimed 'Submarino', winner of the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize this autumn, will run in the Official Competition together with Jacques Audiard's 'The Prophet', Sofie Coppola's 'Somewhere', Michael Haneke's 'The White Ribbon' and Clint Eastwood's 'Torino'.
Tivi Magnusson—winner of three Oscars
Danish producer at M&M Productions, Tivi Magnusson, has no doubt hit a record, having had six films nominated for Hollywood's Academy Awards and bringing home three Oscars. Magnusson will lecture on how Denmark as a small nation has managed to become a model for survival in an industry dominated by global Hollywood. He will also share with his Damascan audience his experience as player in the market place of USA's renowned film city.
Last year at the time of the festival, Damascan children learnt how to make their own film with help from FILM-X, the Danish Film Institute's mobile interactive film studio. Read about this initiative that took place in Damascus in 2009: DFI's Film Studio for Children to Damascus / October 2009
Some 11 feature films will screen in the retrospective programme:
A Family / Pernille Fischer Christensen / Zentropa
Above the Street Below the Water / Charlotte Sieling / Nimbus Film
Applause / Martin Pieter Zandvliet / Koncern Film
Camping / Jacob Bitsch / Nimbus Film
Everything Will Be Fine / Christoffer Boe / Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen
Headhunter / Rumle Hammerich / Nordisk Film
R / Michael Noer & Tobias Lindholm / Nordisk Film
Terribly Happy / Henrik Ruben Genz / Fine & Mellow
Therapy / Kenneth Kainz / Nordisk Film
together with past treasures:
Pelle Erobreren / Bille August / Per Holst Film
Dogville / Lars von Trier / Zentropa
Pernille Munk Skydsgaard, Head of Unit for Distribution & Promotion at the Danish Film Institute will participate as a member of Damascus' Short Jury Competition, in which these Danish films will be competing:
Beast / Lars p Arendt / Super8 and Picturewise Film
Berik / Daniel Joseph Borgmann / Zentropa
The New Tenants / Joachim Back / M & M Productions